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THE PEOPLE VS. PAUL CRUMP
Directed by William Friedkin/1962
Before directing The French Connection
, The Exorcist
, and Killer Joe
, William Friedkin made one of the most powerful documentaries you've never seen. Paul Crump, 22, was caught up in a failed robbery with four other black men and was sentenced to die in the electric chair. Friedkin so believed in Crump's innocence that he made The People vs. Paul Crump
in order to save his life.
LITTLE DEATHS (Las Muertes Chiquitas)
Directed by Mireia Sallarès/2009
For her epic exploration of the female orgasm, Catalan artist Mireia Sallarès interviewed 30 Mexican women from various walks of life: professors, prostitutes, psychologists, nuns, revolutionaries, and former child brides. Her interviews go beyond the "little deaths" of the title, seamlessly moving between issues of sexual violence, political protest, love, family, and mortality.
CODE NAME RUBY
Directed by Jan Nemec/1997
The search for the source of mystical knowledge is at the heart of this controversial feature from Czech New Wave veteran Jan Nemec (Diamonds of the Night
, A Report on the Party and the Guests
). The film combines documentary, archival footage, and fiction into an elliptical narrative in which two young lovers in Praguean ancient seat for the practice of alchemyfollow the trail for the philosopher's stone.
RICK OWENS AND OTHER FILMS BY JAN SHARP
In the touching portrait Rick, Michele and Scarlett
, filmmaker Jan Sharp offers an inside look at the special relationship of cutting-edge fashion designer Rick Owens and fashion fixture Michele Lamy. Owens's influential mix of goth and glamour begins in Los Angeles, where he prepares for a Paris showing that will make him an international fashion icon. At the same time, his partner Michele works to open Les Deux Café in the heart of L.A.'s gang territory. Jan Sharp captures their parallel stories with a great deal of intimacy and love. Two other documentaries complete this volume. Beard: Pecking Order
tracks fashion photographer Peter Beard on location in Africa, shooting the legendary Pirelli calendar with the world's top fashion models. In Chasing the President
, Jan travels to East Timor, where President José Ramos-Horta tries to build peace in the remote border districts of Asia's newest nation.
AS GOES JANESVILLE
Directed by Brad Lichtenstein, 2008
As Goes Janesville
reports from ground zero of the recession-ridden heartland. When bankrupt General Motors shut down their century-old plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, in 2008, thousands of workers lost their jobs. Meanwhile, local business leaders seized the moment to woo new companies with the promise of lower wages, reduced regulation, and tax breaks.
IN DANGER AND DEEP DISTRESS,
MIDDLEWAY SPELLS CERTAIN DEATH
Directed by Alexander Kluge, 1974
In 1974, Kluge and good friend Edgar Reitz (the Heimat series) roamed Frankfurt for ten days with
a camera capturing life in the city at that timethe political demonstrations, carnival fun, and debate within
the congress for the SPD Party. Kluge interweaves the real-life footage with fictional threads about two
very different women. One woman seduces men, sleeps with them, and then robs them blind; the other is
a spy from the Eastern Bloc. In German with English subtitles.
THE AGE OF CZESLAW MILOSZ
Directed by Juozas Javaitis/2011
This handsome documentary commemorates the 100th birthday of Czeslaw Milosz, the Nobel Prize-winning Polish-Lithuanian poet who spanned his century. Famous cultural figures, friends, and family retrace the life and work of this extraordinary thinker, joined by Milosz's own words and a wealth of archival material. More than a well-researched biography, The Age of Czeslaw Milosz
is a lyrical reflection on a life spent in exile yet filled with humor, passion, and big ideas that often went against the spirit of the age.
Directed by Brian O'Doherty, 1981
One of the most recognizable works of American art, Edward Hopper's painting "Nighthawks" encapsulates the alienation and loneliness of the modern urban milieu. His haunting, enigmatic paintings are defined by a hard-edged realism and the presence of isolated figures alone in their thoughts. In life, Hopper was notoriously taciturn and seldom gave interviews or appeared in public. Director Brian O'Doherty, who knew Hopper and his wife, Jo, offers a rare documentary portrait of this aloof artist that is astute and revealing. O'Doherty compares the paintings to the locations that inspired them to suggest the connection between style and subject.
THE LAST PULLMAN CAR
Directed by Kartemquin, 1983
In 1864, George Pullman began selling his famous railroad sleeping cars, which helped him build a vast industrial empire that was supposed to last forever. A model of the modern employer, Pullman had constructed a self-sustaining village for his workers just outside Chicago, with its own school, sewage system, and public works. However, nothing lasts forever, and by 1981, Pullman workers found themselves in the midst of a fight not only for their jobs but the future of the American rail car industry. The Last Pullman Car
traces 100 years in the history of this unique company that grappled with government, union and corporate policies.
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